Keeping Our Children Healthy-Flu Prevention
The flu has hit in Arizona and we have had cases at Carol Rae Ranch. We are working hard to keep our students healthy. Healthy students are able to be in school and are in the right condition to learn. The period a person is contagious varies depending on their health status and age, but on average runs from 1 day before symptoms appear to 5-7 days after becoming sick.
Symptoms of the flu include:
* Fever * Headache
* Extreme tiredness * Dry cough
* Sore throat * Runny or stuffy nose
* Muscle aches * Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
The flu not only keeps students out of school and from learning, it can cause serious complications. Each year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized due to flu-related complications and more than 20,000 of those are children under the age of 5.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the # 1 way to prevent getting the flu is to get the influenza immunization. It is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older unless there is a contraindication. The flu shot needs to be taken on an annual basis.
These everyday preventive actions can be taken to help prevent the flu:
* Stay at home when you are sick.
* Cover your nose and mouth when coughing/sneezing with your elbow or tissue. If using a tissue throw it away and wash your hands.
* Wash hands often with warm soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds-if soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
* Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are often touched, especially when someone is ill.